Via the League of Canadian Poets
– April 2013 is National Poetry Month in Canada –
– Young Poets Week runs April 8 – 14 , 2013 –
Established in Canada in April 1998 by the League of Canadian Poets (LCP), National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and poets from across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada’s culture.
National Poetry Month 2013
The year 2013 marks the 15th anniversary of National Poetry Month in Canada.
For a sample of NPM events, go to the NPM section at www.poets.ca or check your local newspaper and magazine listings for details of events in your area.
Young Poets’ Week runs April 8 – 14, 2013. Check our website at www.youngpoets.ca for special Young Poets’ Week initiatives. www.youngpoets.ca is an excellent source of inspiration, as well as a valuable teaching resource, featuring lesson plans, readings lists, a history of Canadian poetry, as well as our Ezine Re:verse, where we publish the work of young poets.
Each year, the League of Canadian Poets invites Canadian youth to participate in its Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth. The contest is named in
honour Jessamy Stursberg and “her lifelong love of poetry,” who passed away in 2008; she is the late wife of journalist and author Peter Stursberg. This annual national contest celebrates and fosters the immense poetic talent of young poets in Canada, and is juried each year by two panels of esteemed Canadian poets, given the difficult task of selecting the winners and honorable mentions in the Junior (Grades 7-9) and Senior (Grade 9-12) categories.
This year’s Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Youth winners and honourary mentions will also be announced during Young Poets’ Week. First, second and third
prize winners will receive cash prizes, and will be published in Re:verse, the LCP’s youth driven on-line e-zine, Re:verse is located on the www.youngpoets.ca website.
Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge 2013
Regina Mayor Michael Fougere challenges his fellow mayors in communities across Canada to have a local poet read a poem at the opening of their Council meetings in March or April. The challenge is a celebration of UNESCO’s World Poetry Day (March 21) and National Poetry Month in April. The purpose is to celebrate poetry, writing, small presses and the contribution of poets and all writers to the
cultural life in our communities. It also celebrates libraries, and the work of so many mayors and municipalities to promote literacy and reading. This project is collaboration between the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and the League of Canadian Poets in cooperation with the City of Regina.
Awards The LCP will be announcing the shortlist for its 2013 Raymond Souster, Pat Lowther and Gerald Lampert Memorial Awards. See www.poets.ca for author bios and full details.
About the League of Canadian Poets
The League of Canadian Poets is the professional organization for established and emerging Canadian poets. Founded by six poets in 1966 to nurture the community of
poets and the craft of poetry, it now represents some 700 members nationally. The League serves the poetry community and promotes a high level of professional achievement through events, networking, projects, publications, mentoring, and awards; administers programs and funds for governments and private donors; and encourages an appreciative readership and audience through educational
partnerships and presentations to diverse groups. As the recognized voice of Canadian poets, it represents their concerns to governments, publishers, and the larger society, and maintains connections with similar organizations at home and abroad. The League strives to promote equal opportunities for poets from every literary tradition and cultural and demographic background.